Invisalign is an incredibly popular option for straightening your teeth and improving your smile. It’s especially popular among adults trying to straighten their teeth. Is it right for you, though?

Pros of Invisalign


As the name suggests, it’s a very discrete option for straightening your teeth. Unless people are squinting to see if you have Invisalign, no one is going to know you’re wearing clear aligners. This is an especially enjoyable perk for adults who would feel embarrassed to wear braces.

More Comfortable Than Braces

The adjustments on Invisalign are more common than those on braces; however, they’re not nearly as uncomfortable. If you’re sensitive to pain, this is going to be a much more preferable option.

Makes Eating and Brushing Easier

Don’t worry about what you can and can’t eat or how to floss with braces. Invisalign makes brushing, eating, and flossing much easier. All you have to do is take the tray out, and you’re set.

Shorter Appointment Times

Getting your new aligner trays is much quicker and easier than getting braces adjusted, meaning you’re out of the orthodontist’s office more quickly.

Shorter Treatment

If you choose traditional braces, usually it takes 24 months or so to see your desired results. Candidates who choose Invisalign usually see results in 12 to 18 months.

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Cons of Invisalign

Snacking Isn’t Convenient

While it’s much easier to eat with Invisalign than with braces, snacking is not as convenient. You have to take the trays out anytime you want to eat–or drink anything besides water. Invisalign patients do tend to adjust to their newly required habits pretty easily, though.

It Isn’t Always Invisible

Often, Invisalign is invisible. In some cases, though, you’ll need to have enamel ridges attached to your teeth. The Invisalign will attach to those ridges, allowing for a more secure fit and for more effective straightening.

However, the enamel ridges are not invisible. They aren’t as noticeable as traditional braces, but they aren’t the most discrete, either.

It’s Expensive

The convenience and aesthetics of Invisalign do come at a cost. You’ll have a much more discrete smile straightening, but that’s going to cost you upwards of $4,000.

It Can’t Fix All Bite Issues

Invisalign can fix most bite issues. However, if you have severe crowding or other orthodontic issues, you may not be a candidate for Invisalign.

You Have to Wear Them Almost All Day

Invisalign should be worn approximately 22 hours per day–ideally even more, though. Really, all you’re supposed to take them out for is eating and practicing your dental hygiene.

Are You a Candidate for Invisalign?

If you’re a candidate for regular braces, there’s a good chance you’re a candidate for Invisalign, but there are no guarantees.

If you have orthodontic issues that aren’t major, e.g., severe overbite or underbite, you’ll be a candidate for Invisalign.

Should You Choose Invisalign?

If you think that the cost of Invisalign is worth the near-invisible aligning that it offers, then yes. Candidates who value the invisible aesthetic, speed of treatment, and ease of maintenance should choose Invisalign.

Candidates who are on a limited budget or who are likely to forget to wear their aligners for 22+ hours per day may not be best served by Invisalign.

Contact Us for an Invisalign Consultation

If you’re on the fence about Invisalign, contact the team at Reuland & Barnhart Orthodontics.

We’ll offer you a consultation, determine if you’re a candidate for Invisalign, and explain your options in more detail.

Contact us today to start on your smile journey.

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